What Is Bandwidth & How Can You Improve It For Gaming?
What Is Bandwidth?
One of the main reasons why you could be suffering from slow broadband is because of low bandwidth. Bandwidth is the amount of data that is transmitted over an internet connection in a certain amount of time. A lower bandwidth means that your internet connection will be slower as less data is being transmitted. When gaming, it is important to have a high bandwidth as this ensures that you are much less-likely to encounter any lag and your connection will be faster and smoother. Every gamer knows how important a strong, fast connection is whilst gaming.
What Causes Low Bandwidth?
There are a few reasons why you could have low bandwidth. Some of the most common causes are:
- Streaming content (YouTube, Netflix, Twitch)
- Downloading large files
- Transferring files
- Multiple people using the same connection
All of the above have a significant impact, especially if two or more of the above are performed at the same time.
How Can I Increase My Bandwidth?
The best way to increase your bandwidth for gaming is to install a new, separate broadband line into your home. Installing a new broadband line into your home means you can still have your usual broadband for general usage, but you will have a separate connection, specifically to be used for gaming. This will significantly reduce your bandwidth as it is no longer being shared between as many devices and you will be able to game with a much smoother connection.
Another option is to ensure you are not performing too many of the above actions on the same broadband line at the same time. Performing two or more of these at the same time will limit your bandwidth, reducing your speed.
How Do I Install A Second Broadband Line With Gaming Broadband?
Here at Gaming Broadband, we provide gamers across the UK with broadband that is dedicated to gaming. To install a second broadband line with Gaming Broadband you can use our availability checker and choose one of our Fibre + or GFast + plans. Having a second broadband line installed means that you will have two bills to pay (one for each line). The two lines do not need to be provided by the same company.